Marshal shoots Utah defendant who rushed witness, feds say

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(CNN) –A U.S. marshal shot a defendant in a federal courtroom in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday morning, a U.S. attorney’s spokeswoman says. The defendant was shot after he rushed a witness who was on the witness stand, the spokeswoman said.

A shooting happened Monday at a federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, a U.S. attorney’s spokeswoman said.The shooting occurred during a gang-related trial that started Monday morning, according to Melodie Rydalch, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney for Utah.

Details about the shooting weren’t immediately available.

CNN’s Amanda Watts contributed to this report.

1 Comment

  • Kornelia Terrazas

    I thought guns were banned in the court room. It shouldn’t matterr if the gun toter was a U.S. Marshal,police officer or even someone sitting in the seats watching the trial. Rules are rules and thay need to be obeyed especialy by law enforcement. He was shot for hurrying a witness on the stand? Are we back in the wild west days ? Instead of shooting him the judge should have has him removed from the court room.

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